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    Roman Catholic News Volume 6, Issue 42 WEDNESDAY 29 MARCH 2006 * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE
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      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 6, Issue 42

      WEDNESDAY 29 MARCH 2006


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      WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND
      PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE WHOLE
      WORLD AND FOR CHURCH UNITY

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      INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
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      . THE CHURCH, COMMUNION OF LOVE LINKING CHRIST TO MANKIND
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      . TOMORROW'S HOMILY
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      . LECTIO DIVINA
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      . CATALOGUE OF LINKS
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      . EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY
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      . DAILY REMINDER
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      . ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS ARCHIVES
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      . COPYRIGHT NOTICES
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      THE CHURCH, COMMUNION OF LOVE LINKING CHRIST TO MANKIND



      VATICAN CITY, MAR 29, 2006 (VIS) - In the general audience, held this morning in St. Peter's Square in the presence of more than 40,000 people, Benedict XVI continued his catechesis on the relationship between Christ and the Church in the light of the experience of the Apostles and the task with which they were entrusted.



      "Through the apostolic ministry," said the Pope. "the Church, the community brought together by the Son of God, ... will live through the ages, building and nourishing the communion in Christ and in the Spirit to which everyone is called and in which everyone can experience the salvation given by the Father.



      "Indeed, the twelve Apostles were careful to provide successors so that the mission entrusted to them would continue after their death. Thus over the centuries the Church, organically structured under the guidance of her legitimate pastors, has continued to live in the world as a mystery of communion which in some way reflects Trinitarian communion itself."



      The Holy Father then explained how "the idea of communion as participation in Trinitarian life" is particularly highlighted in the Gospel of St. John, "where the communion of love binding the Son to the Father and to mankind is at the same time the model and source of the fraternal communion which must unite disciples to one another."



      "During their earthly pilgrimage," Pope Benedict continued, "disciples, through their communion with the Son, can already participate in His divine life and in that of the Father. ... This life of communion, both with God and among ourselves, is the ultimate aim of the announcement of the Good News."



      "Communion, the fruit of the Holy Spirit, is nourished by the Eucharistic bread and expressed through fraternal relations, a kind of anticipation of future glory. ... It is the gift that lifts us out of our solitude and brings us to participate in the love that unites us to God and with one another. It is easy to understand how great this gift is if we only think of the fragmentation and conflicts afflicting relations between individuals, groups and entire peoples."



      The Holy Father concluded: "Communion truly is the good news that remedies all forms of solitude, the precious gift that makes us feel welcomed and loved in God, in the unity of His people gathered in the name of the Trinity; it is the light that makes the Church shine out as a sign raised among peoples."


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      TOMORROW'S HOMILY


      Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time





      The idol of the golden calf made by the Jews in the wilderness is a symbol of all the false gods people chase after.

      Jesus rebuked the Jews pointing out to them that they did not have the love of God within them.

      Instead they accept human testimony and human praise but reject the writings of Moses as authentic though they claim that they hope in Moses.

      Isn’t this true for everyone pursuing false gods?

      Those who chase after human authority and power also ignore the truth of sacred scripture though they claim they hope in the Bible.

      How can anyone reconcile such conflicting ideas and hold to their beliefs in following false gods?

      The agnostic cries that they cannot know God.

      The atheist says there is no God.

      Both of these philosophies struggling with the existence of God and our ability to know Him are the product of a world clothed in darkness.

      It is said that the believer in Christ does not feed off these philosophies born of the darkness of the world.

      However, this is not entirely true since a multitude chases after false gods.

      There are hundreds of millions of Christians that lean towards agnosticism saying we cannot know anything about Jesus or anything that he said in his lifetime.

      Further, they do not believe Jesus instituted any official Church, priesthood and hierarchy or any sacraments.

      These agnostic-Christians claim to not known and so they subscribe to the view that there is no way of knowing these things.

      Some of them deny the resurrection of Christ from the dead and dismiss all the accounts of the miracles as well as nearly all of the New Testament as fictional writing dating many decades after the death of Jesus Christ written by a later community of believers.

      It is this later community of faith, they claim, that wrote the New Testament beginning with a rough draft of the Gospel now called Mark, going through many editions and revisions to where it finally evolved to the version, more or less, of the one we now know today.

      This they claim probably finalized around the time of Constantine.

      It was around this time that the Roman Catholic Church was established, they insist as true, and that Catholic propaganda colored the texts of the New Testament produced by St. Jerome, who created his corrupted version of the New Testament and Bible in what Catholics call the Vulgate.

      These agnostic-Christians claim that it was not until the Protestant Reformation that modern critical scientific criteria was first applied to the texts of the Bible so that Christians might finally know the truth, they claim.

      This truth they purport is now what we call agnostic-Christianity since their conclusions are that we cannot know anything about Jesus or anything that he said in his lifetime and the entire ilk already mentioned above.

      The Protestant Reform has largely resulted in agnosticism.

      This agnosticism already described is currently the reigning philosophy and used as pseudo-scientific criteria dominating modern biblical scholarship and has sadly influenced and degraded many Catholic biblical scholars.

      For these agnostic-Christians Jesus Christ is sterile and weak, lacking the power and the foresight to institute a Church.

      This is the sad and pitiful state of affairs that currently divides Christendom.

      Pray for the unity of the Church.

      Pray with all your mind, heart and strength that God pour out His Holy Spirit on the world enlightening the minds of all to see the truths revealed to us by Christ and held sacred for these past two millennia by the Roman Catholic Church.

      As Pope Benedict XVI has wisely said: Indeed, the twelve Apostles were careful to provide successors so that the mission entrusted to them would continue after their death.

      This is our faith.

      This is our Church.

      May Almighty God reunite our broken world through the healing power of His divine Holy Spirit.

      May Jesus Christ unite everyone as One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, which He instituted and paid for by the sacrifice of His body and blood.

      Let this be our hope.

      Let this be our prayer both day and night.






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      LECTIO DIVINA

      Thomas Merton, Contemplative Prayer

      CHAPTER FOUR : (pages 38-41)

      Fr. Merton points out in this chapter the frustration and consequences of finding difficulty with prayer and meditation as one journies down the path along the spiritual pilgrimage of life.

      This is a passing trial called the night of the senses. As a modern man Fr. Merton sees this phenomenon resulting from a false view that establishes a dichotomy between the spiritual and material worlds in the mind of the monk or ascetic. He rightly says: "Meditation has no point and no reality unless it is firmly rooted in life. Without such roots, it can produce nothing but the ashen fruits of disgust, acedia, and even morbid and degenerate introversion, masochism, dolorism, negation. Nietzche pitilessly exposed the hopeless mess which results from this caricature of Christianity!" (15) (page 39)

      Another false start that appears to be a cause of this dark night of the senses is the personalities that seek to impute blame on someone other than themselves. This character flaw is not too uncommon among human beings,but when it is found in the monastery it points the finger of blame for their own spiritual ennui at the monastic community in which they live.

      These two flaws of thinking, one fails to embrace the world through fear of its own frailty, the other rejects the world blaming it for its frailty, are two common defects of human personality failing to love as God would have us.

      Fr. Merton sees the solution to failed spiritual living as a need to embrace the world and to be opened up to love other people. "The love of others is a stimulus to interior life, not a danger to it, as some mistakenly believe." (page 40)

      Returning to his opening statement in chapter three about not seeking a method or system, Fr. Merton points out the shallow, Narcissus-like mentality that results from following an approved pattern to form ourselves into. We spend more time contemplating ourselves comparing the idealized model to where we are that we loose sight and sensitivity to God and His grace.

      Authentic mature love and spiritual growth trusts and hopes in God for all things.

      The soul that has not matured in growth fills with discourgement convinced they can never advance in prayer. Like Essau they rely on their own strength. Instead they should be like Jacob his brother who relies on his mother's grace and guidance and the blessing of his father. Turn to Mary and she will bring the blessing of God on you for ever.

      "The activity of the Spirit within us becomes more and more important as we progress in the life of interior prayer." (page 41)

      It is the action of God and His grace within us, the presence of the Living God indwelling within us as His holy temple, that is the focus of the spiritual life. The spiritual life is not roughing it alone. The spiritual life is growing more and more intimate with God who lives within you.


      FOOTNOTES

      (15) See Emmanuel Mounier, The Spoils of the Violent.


      Thomas Merton, Contemplative Prayer (Garden City, N.Y. : Image Books,
      Doubleday, 1971)


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      DAILY REMINDER

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      "Keep close to the Mother of God as if you were the child Jesus
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